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About

Since our founding in 1933 during the Great Depression that shook the globe, Catholic Charities of Oregon has been a trusted ally of the most poor and marginalized, and a leader in finding innovative solutions to poverty and injustice. We are proud to serve all God’s Children as the Official Domestic Relief Agency of the Catholic Church in Oregon.

Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health & counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more.

We are a member of Catholic Charities USA and of Caritas International, the global network of agencies that make up the charitable arm of the world-wide Catholic Church. (EIN: 93-0386801)

A Catholic Charities welcoming party meets refugees at the airport

Mission & Vision

Mission statement

Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities of Oregon — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Vision for society

Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.

Vision for the organization

Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals and to support their physical and social well-being.

*Adopted by the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon March 14, 2013.

Whom We Work With

We welcome and serve everyone, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.
For our partners

We focus on solidarity, love, dignity, family, caring for the world around us, and ensuring that basic life needs are not only met but exceeded and maintained.

For our volunteers

We focus on making sure that every bit of good is squeezed out of every minute of time given and every dollar spent. We’re effective, caring, and nonjudgmental, and we welcome everyone.

For our future team

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we care for our employees so they can take care of others. Together, we work to make a concrete, hands-on difference in our community.

Careers

We are proud of our healthy work culture at Catholic Charities of Oregon. Our approach includes everything from support for continuing training and education to a strong focus on allowing each employee to own their job and become a thought leader in their area of service. We take care of our employees so they can take care of others.

If you’re considering working with Catholic Charities of Oregon, please click below to view our job openings and fill out an application. We’d love to meet you.

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For career opportunities at CYO Camp Howard, please click here. Check back soon for more opportunities from our partner agencies.

Articles

The Oregonian: Community Based Organization Provides Financial Empowerment Services

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
“Half of Americans lack the resources to deal with an unexpected financial emergency of $400, without borrowing money from a family member or using credit. That means that an unexpected medical bill or even just a fender bender can significantly affect a person’s finances. Save First Financial Wellness aims to help individuals become more financially resilient…

Catholic Sentinel: New Catholic Charities' Leader: 'A mission given to us by God'

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
After 8 years of service to Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO), Deacon Rick Birkel passes the light of leadership onto new Executive Director for CCO, Natalie Wood. After 20 years with Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas, Natalie joins us with a wealth of experience and a deep faith. Natalie will officially assume her new position…

Vancouver SW Washington Business Journal: Movers & Shakers 6/17/22

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
Congratulations to Molly O’Donnell, Executive Director for Save First Financial Wellness,  for her appointment to the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Financial Foundation. Lighthouse Financial Foundation provides financial services, counseling, and training to underserved populations in our community. With Molly’s expertise and passion for helping families and individuals become financially stable, she is the perfect…